1957 Chevrolet Corvette

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1957
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    E57S102614
  • Engine number 
    F108FF
  • Lot number 
    538
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    White / Red
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Interior brand colour 
    Red
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Guide price: £55000 - £65000. <ul><li><span style="orphans: 2; background-color: transparent;">Exceptionally rare fuel injected 1957 Corvette C1 </span></li><li><span style="orphans: 2; background-color: transparent;">Complete with original Hard Top option</span></li><li><span style="orphans: 2; background-color: transparent;">Genuinely beautiful condition finished in Polo White with contrasting Red accents </span></li><li><span style="orphans: 2; background-color: transparent;">Ultimate specification - mighty 238bhp V8 and </span>3-speed<span style="orphans: 2; background-color: transparent;"> manual - a genuine performer</span></li><li><span style="orphans: 2; background-color: transparent;">Supplied with show winning trophies</span></li></ul><ul></ul><p><span style="orphans: 2; background-color: transparent;">Chevrolet pulled something amazing out of the hat for 1957: fuel injection. First trialled in 1956 at Sebring, the Rochester Ramjet injection was a response to Mercedes-Benz, which featured fuel-injection in the 1954 300SL. The innovation solved a fuel starvation problem caused by fuel moving to one side of the float chamber when cornering hard and allowing air into the system. Not a problem on the road as it was almost impossible to maintain the prolonged lateral forces generated by race conditions. The fuel-injection system also enabled Chevrolet to gain bragging-rights by achieving, for the first time in a standard road car, 1 hp per cubic inch of displacement with their 283 cu.inch,/ 283 hp engine.</span></p><p><span style="orphans: 2;">To keep this development in perspective, consider this; almost all of the high-priced, supposedly advanced competition, including Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini, did not utilise fuel injection until the 1970s or later in their road cars. At $484.20, this one option added over 15% to the price of an entire Corvette. Buyers found it irresistible, however, with 1,040 ticking the box on the order form in '57.  Current Corvette enthusiasts would acknowledge that in terms of desirability, there is a premium for a "Fuelie" (as they are often called), compared to their more mundane carbureted cousins.</span></p><p><span style="orphans: 2; background-color: transparent;">This fuel injected 1957 C1 is an exceptionally rare beast. According to the C1 registry, chassis number E57S102614 was sold new on March 1st, 1957 and was built in St. Louis, Missouri. Factory options included the ultimate top-specification 283ci/283hp V8 with Rochester fuel-injection, heater, whitewall tyres, two-tone Polo White paint and even an elusive hard-top (supplied with this example in original condition).  It boasts a manual 3-speed gearbox for boulevard 'burbling' and a classic Corvette red leather interior. This older restoration has mellowed nicely over the years and hails from, where else, but the very 'dry' state of Las Vegas, Nevada where it has won multiple trophies over the years.</span></p><p><span style="orphans: 2; background-color: transparent;">Early Corvettes are becoming seriously cool and this lovely example, in this colour combination, and in this condition is verging on 'polar'.</span></p><p><span style="display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: transparent; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px;">.</span></p><p style="background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0%; background-position-y: 0%; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 10px; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px;"> </p><p style="background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0%; background-position-y: 0%; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 10px; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px;"> </p><div><br /></div><p><strong></strong><em></em></p>